Waste Less Living

Green Business

At Waste Less Living, we engage in sustainable business practices whenever possible.  Here are some of the ways Waste Less Living is making a difference. Maybe you too, can adopt some of our “green” ways of doing business.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING

Our approach to advertising and marketing is to rely on electronic communications as much as possible.

  • E-newsletter
  • E-invites
  • Workshops and seminars

PRINTING

We minimize our paper use by:

  • E-invoicing
  • E-faxing
  • E-banking
  • Copying on both sides of the paper
  • Using the back side of discarded paper for note-taking

When we do print, we…

  • use 100% recycled paper with greater than 30% post-consumer waste paper (recycled and unbleached)
  • vegetable or soy-based ink
  • purchase from an eco-printer or local printer

PURCHASING

We strive to support eco-conscious and socially responsible businesses with similar goals and objectives for helping the planet and our communities.

Some examples of our collaborative business approach include:

  • Hosting our website with Dreamhost.com. They are a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program and they invest in Emission Reduction Credits (a.k.a. “offsets”), which help to reduce their carbon emissions to near zero.
  • Purchasing promotional goods (shirts, hats, bags) that are 100% organic cotton or bamboo, printed in Los Angeles by the non-profit, Homeboy Industries. Homeboy believes in “Jobs not Jails.” It assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training, and education.
  • Purchasing office supplies from Greenline Paper which sells only recycled and tree-free paper.
  • Purchasing our product from manufacturers and distributors who are committed to raising awareness about social and environmental justice issues.
  • Promoting and hiring eco-conscious caterers who source their ingredients locally and/or purchase from organic farmers.
  • Banking with One Pacific Coast Bank, the first commercial bank in the U.S. with a commitment to environmentally sustainable community development
  • We also currently bank with Bank of the West. Bank of the West has committed $75 billion in loans, investments and charitable contributions by 2015 to strengthen our local communities. Learn more about their progress towards this goal
  • We also avoid the use of plastic water bottles in the office and on the go. Instead, we have in place water stations and offer visitors to our office a glass of water as opposed to a bottle of water.

ENERGY

Waste Less Living strives to minimize its impact on the environment in all of its operations, whenever feasible.  We engage in the following operational activities:

  • Staff members often telecommute to conserve fossil fuels. Half (50%) of the staff drive hybrid vehicles, and we plan to purchase alternative fuel or clean natural gas vehicles for our delivery/pick-up operations.
  • We intend to purchase carbon off-set credits to eliminate our carbon footprint from our operations.